Thank you for so clearly articulating and reminding us that this is our duty- each and every one of us.
NOMA's Public Statement Regarding Racial Injustice – National Organization of Minority Architects – NOMA
As NOMA, we are calling on our community to condemn racism and take an active role in eliminating racial biases that account for disparities that result in the loss of lives - Black lives.
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Funny that I was never aware of NOMA. Just joined.
Here is the message that my firm published:
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." Desmond Tutu.
We think of these words as we mourn the senseless deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans who have been victims of systemic discrimination and injustice.
#Aedisarchitects stands with Black Lives Matter and supports the fight for equality and justice.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words of wisdom serve to guide us through this challenging time: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral."
Thank you for your leadership and call to action.
I am saddened and angered by the senseless murders of Black and Brown people in our country. I denounce any acts of racism and injustice and commit to listen and learn to be a voice of action.
As architects and community leaders, we have the privilege and responsibility to design safe environments for all.
We must unite and celebrate our diversity. Together we are stronger.
Be kind. Be safe.
In my opinion, (hopefully) the lasting effect of the current unrest is escalating into an overall awakening against abuse of power (of all forms). Yes, it's about George Floyd and continued crimes against black lives (and abusive police) and this is a most important urgent and frustrating issue. The current unrest has united people of all races also with an underlying rage against the abuse of power.
This protest has become much more significant than the typical/periodic protest comprised in large part of some people mainly seeking an identity. This movement is having a genuine impact similar to the impact of the Civil War, the Vietnam War, and Martin Luther King and the movement of that time. More than just the left are listening and have been impacted with the exception of our current national leadership. Our current leadership remains silent on this because they don't understand, they don't listen, and they are against changing their desired momentum towards authoritarianism and ultimately fascism. This must be overcome in order to achieve the goals of the current unrest!
A Politician's main focus should be on quality of life for all while uniting to achieve it. It should guide their every action.
Gary Desmond, FAIA
Rosa and others
Thank you for this thread on taking a stand. We appreciated your letter and your position statement.
The AIA College of Fellows endorses the American Institute of Architects and the National Organization of Minority Architects in their call to condemn racism and take an active role in eliminating the racial biases in the profession and society at large. We too support the protests to stop systemic, state-sanctioned violence against Black Americans, and are committed to efforts to ensure that our College is part of the solution to dismantle racial injustice, and to increase diversity and equity in our own profession.
Now we welcome suggestions on how we might best turn resolution into actions we can take together.
The Executive Committee of the College of Fellows
Peter Kuttner, FAIA - Chancellor
John Castellana, FAIA - Vice Chancellor
Roger Schluntz, FAIA - Bursar
Frances Halsband, FAIA - Secretary